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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-06-2012, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All,

I'm more of a lurker here than a contributor, but I thought I'd just add a little something about a trip I've just completed on my 2011 Versys. I live in WA state, so had the opportunity to take a couple of weeks off at short notice and catch the Alaska State ferry up to Haines and then ride back.

The ferry is a trip in itself, as it follows the Inland Passage past Juneau and Wrangell. Anyway, got off at Haines, then rode over to Anchorage (2 days). After a couple of days there, I set up back to come down the Stewart-Cassiar highway, across to Vancouver Island, then back to WA. The trip was a blast - the roads up there are fully paved (although there were a lot of frost heaves, but just keep your eye out - they are marked with little flags), empty, curvy (as opposed to twisty) so 60mph is maintainable most of the time. The campsites were not full by any means, and I camped every night easily finding a British Columbia municipal site or a private one somewhere near to where I wanted to stop.

I popped into Skagway (bit too touristy for me) and Hyder to watch the bears catch the spawning fish (a highlight of the trip).

Stewart-Cassier got a bit lonely at times but it gave a great feeling of being out in the wilds, and avoiding the odd bear on the highway did add a certain element of 'frontierism' to it.

How to the Versys cope ? Brilliantly. Not one thing went wrong with it. I finished off the OEM rear tyre on Vancouver Island but got a replacement quite easily, but with hindsight, I should have got new rubber to start the trip.

Mods to the bike ? Very few:
Fender Extender (it does keep rain and dirt off the radiator)
Radiator Guard (made me feel better keeping it protected from the gravel whilst the frost heaves were being re-surfaced)
SW Motech engind guards (not used )
SW Motech skidplate (Again, I felt better having the bottom of the engine protected)
That was it - apart from that lot it was as I bought it. Oh, apart from lots of weather stripping around the cluster and headlight to cure the buzz.

I bought a couple of Motocentric saddle bags (not a great fit, but they did the job well enough), a duffel bag strapped to the pillion seat, and a tank bag for camera, passport etc. I had a 12v charger to keep my camera/video batteries charged, and place it in the tankbag - worked a treat.

So, all in all, a great trip, the Versys worked flawlessly, it caught a few eyes (it stood out against all those BMWs out there) and the roads were great, safe, and fun. Go and find out yourself !
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Thanks for sharing your ride. but I cant see it unless you post some pictures as I am on the other side of the universe.

Picture will do good to your ride....

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I knew you lot would ask for photos. I only got back Sunday, and I've never added photos to the forum, so you'll have to give me a little time to work out how to do it....
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Best way is to use a photo sharing site like Flickr or ImageShack. Then you can have them up for friends and family as well. Glad the trip went well!
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Always great to hear about an AK trip. Nice to know that the Versys does well. Looking forward to you photo's. I'm close to Whidbey if you need any help.

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Ok, so here's some photos. The first is the bike, the second Bear Glaciar on the way to Stewart, the third is a bear trying to catch salmon at Hyder.
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Three more. First is on the Stewart-Cassier. The yellow sign warns motorcyclist of potential wobble on the bridge's metal grating surface! The other two taken on the road out of Stewart/Hyder.
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I'm getting the hang of this now. Three more: Empty roads and a bear.
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Cheers Tom. We met at Skagit Powersports whilst I was on my test run.
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OK. I believe you now. Sounds like a great trip.

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Nice report and photos. I just wrapped up an Alaska/BC/Yukon trip also. The Cassiar was an outstanding ride highlight. Mountains, wildlife…solitude. It’s quite a destination for a trip so I echo your recommendation.

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Wow the Stewart-Cassiar is in fabulous shape. I took if 24 years ago and had 200 plus miles of gravel!

COOL! Nice trip!





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Cheers Tom. We met at Skagit Powersports whilst I was on my test run.
Cheers mate! Nice photo's. Bear with me, I remember you at SPS. We need to do a ride to Mt Baker sometime.

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